Righteous Fathers Killed at St. Savas Monastery (March 20) — Greek City Times

The righteous martyrs were put to death by the barbarians during the reign of Emperor Heraclius, when Saint Modestus was Patriarch of Jerusalem (632-634).

This glorious monastery, which still exists today, was visited by Saint Sava of Serbia and endowed by several Serbian rulers. Many times it was attacked, plundered and devastated by ruthless Arabs. But, by the providence of God, it has always been restored and is preserved to this day.

During the reign of Constantine and Irene, it was attacked and looted by the Arabs.

The monks did not want to flee, but taking advice from their abbot Thomas, they said: fear of men. If we are killed here, we will be killed because of our love for Christ, for whose sake we have come to live here. Having decided that, they waited for the armed Arabs, disarmed like lambs before wolves. The Arabs killed some of the monks with arrows and some were sealed in the cave of St. Sava. Then the Arabs lit a fire at the entrance to the cave, and the monks were choked with smoke.

Thus, many of them died as martyrs for the love of Christ and went to the Kingdom of Him whom they loved and for whose love they perished. They suffered honorably before Easter [the Feast of the Resurrection] in 796 AD, at the time of Constantine and Irene, and the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Elias. A just retribution quickly descended upon the savage marauders. Returning to their tents, they began to quarrel among themselves and, fighting against each other, killed each other.

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Apolytikion of the Fathers of the Monastery of Saint-Savas

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Blessed is the land that drank your blood, O laureates of the Lord, and holy are the tabernacles that received your spirits; for in the stadium you triumphed over the enemy, and boldly proclaimed Christ. Pray to him, we pray, since he is good, to save our souls.

Kontakion of the Fathers of the Monastery of Saint-Savas

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Fleeing all earthly and corruptible pleasures, you have chosen a life of great ascetic struggles, disdaining worldly beauty and all ephemeral fame; wherefore, you joyfully dwell in the kingdom of heaven with the holy choirs of martyrs and the ranks of ascetics. That is why we venerate your memory and cry: From all peril, O Fathers, deliver us.

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